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Kelsey Bentley


Kelsey Bentley is an Atlanta native and has enjoyed from a young age studying with
accomplished musicians in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra horn section such as Richard Deane
and Susan Welty. Ms. Bentley is currently the fourth horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
She received her Master of Music degree in Horn Performance under the tutelage of Professor
Michael Thornton at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. Ms. Bentley was a
graduate teaching assistant and member of the fellowship wind quintet at the University of
Colorado Boulder. Her Bachelor of Music degree was earned cum laude from the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Randy Gardner and Elizabeth
Freimuth. Ms. Bentley has attended music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival,
Chautauqua Institution, Brevard Music Festival and the Bay View Music Festival. In 2018, she
was awarded a New Horizons Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival to study with John Zirbel,
of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. She has made orchestral appearances with orchestras
including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Boulder
Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of performing, Kelsey maintains a private lessons studio and
enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.